If you choose cremation, I recommend Aquamation (also called Alkaline Hydrolysis, Bio-cremation or Green cremation). Aquamation is an environmentally friendly alternative to flame-based cremation. It is the combination of gentle water flow and alkalinity to accelerate the natural process of tissue breakdown that would occur if you buried your pet. The only solid remains (~20% more retained than with fire cremation) are the mineral ash of the bones which are softer and lighter in color similar in appearance to a fine grain sand. Aquamation uses a fraction of the energy and cuts carbon dioxide emissions by 90%. The remaining liquid is a sterile, EPA neutral solution of amino acids, peptides, and sugars that is also suitable for use as fertilizer.
I feel that Aquamation is the best way to honor your pet and complete the circle of life.
I will transport your pet afterwards for cremation or I may be able to arrange pick-up directly from your home by the crematory company. For pets over 50 lbs of weight, I will ask for assistance in lifting. If you are not physically or emotionally able to assist, please let Dr. Au know when scheduling the appointment so she can arrange an assistant to be present.
It takes approximately 2 weeks for your pet’s ashes to be ready to return home.
I will contact you to arrange a day and time to meet.